The top-ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares advanced practice nurses to be primary health care providers for individuals of all ages and their families.

Through more than 700 precepted clinical hours, students develop expertise in the management of care for individuals across the life span, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention, as well as diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases.

Upon program completion:

Graduates of this specialty are prepared for certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Board, an independent, nonprofit certifying body that evaluates individuals wishing to enter, continue, and/or advance in the nurse practitioner profession.



Quick Facts:

  • Length: As little as 3 years
  • Format: Blended (face-to-face and online)
  • Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

In-Person Admissions Counseling Sessions:

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can benefit from our in-person admissions counseling sessions offered by UMSON’s Office of Admissions and Student Scholarships at the Universities at Shady Grove. Schedule an admissions counseling session to gain further insights about our programs, requirements, and more. Walk-ins are also welcome during this time for your convenience.

The Universities at Shady Grove
9640 Gudelsky Drive
Building 1, Room 107
Rockville, MD 20850